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challenged by google as well as the airlines and hotels themselves. tax time has arrived. there's a new warning for those getting an early start on filing. >> thieves are using your social security number for fraudulent returns using popular software gio benitez has a warning for you. >> reporter: turbo tax, the do-it-yourself tax software and website used by 29 million americans last year now targeted by scammers. filing thousands of fake returns with other people's info to steal their refund. >> these scams can be common around tax season. because it's a loot of money out there that scammers can get. >> reporter: the fbi is launching an investigation in to haugh fraudsters got social security numbers to file bogus state returns including through turbo tax which temporarily suspended state filings last week after discovering the problem. but parent company intuit warning of phishing scams.
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asking for users to confirm their data. >> once they have that information, they can then prepare a false tax return and designate where it is sent and it will not be to your bank account. >> tax return scams are reportedly happening across 19 states right now. in alabama alone, 16,000 suspicious filings. minnesota halting the processing of turbo tax state filings for 48 hours after a spike in victims there. julie hoi is one of them, going to file her return, finding out someone already had. >> it is a huge inconvenience, especially if you expect a refund. >> reporter: intuit telling abc news they place the highest importance on respecting and protecting our customers' data, regularly alerting customers of security alerts and phishing scams. so during tax time, stay vigilant. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> another thing to be scared of. >> can't do anything on the computer. >> somebody's watching. they are recording you. stealing your money and your soul. >> soul, wow.
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>> i went there. i'm angry right now. >> you okay? a long week, a long week. >> i will be okay. >> we talk about love in the air. love is apparently underground. a matchmaker you're going to meet who uses the new york city subway as her office. how this commuter cupid is so successful at hooking up her clients. ahead in our next half hour, fashion week has begun and kicking things off none other than kanye west. we will show you the artistry behind his designs and which celebrity was relegated to the second row. you're watching "world new
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♪ >> all right. even with all of those dating apps and websites out there, sometimes all you want is a good, old-fashioned match maker. >> yep.
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enter erica christianson. she calls herself the love conductor and doesn't need match making funny map just a metro card. >> the beauty of the subway is there are so many people contained in one spot. >> reporter: erica christianson is on the hunt. >> if we look at the fish that are swimming around and they are not what we are looking for, wait six minutes and a new batch comes in. it is like they are already in the net for us. >> reporter: the 33-year-old matchmaker scans the masses of new york commuters. like many of them she has no time to waste. >> are you single? are you single? >> are you single? >> erica goes underground during rush hour several times a week, often with one of her cupids. she connects with potential matches and then sets up fully planned blind meetups for the soon to be daters. >> we will tell you where to go, what to do and hopefully you will have a good time anything you are particularly looking for? >> i'm open to try anything. >> reporter: erica keeps her client's personal preferences in mind with each trip.
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winter is a challenge as body shapes and wedding rings are covered up. today she is targeting one type in particular. >> we are looking for men over 30 who look like they are friendly, adventurous, up for anything. >> reporter: even if someone is taken, erica still finds a way to build up her database. >> any chance you have single friends who are around your age -- i won't even. >> all of them. >> all of them. >> i'm the only one. >> i will give you all of these cards then. >> reporter: since launching train spotting in 2012, erica already has one success story. andrew and kelly schwartz of new jersey. >> i was standing on the subway platform, a train, waiting to go home from work. an attractive woman saunters up to me, looks me in the eye and says are you single? >> reporter: just ten days and four dates later, andrew proposed to kelly last march. they were married in october. >> my friends were very worried.
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they were like this is crazy. you are crazy, until they met andrew. there are a few things in his questionnaire that stuck with me and made me think immediately of kelly. he's so lovable. they are both lovable. our first official marriage. that was awesome. >> reporter: proof with a little help maybe you can find the love of your life on the subway. >> hate to say this, but the subway would have been the last place i would have checked for love. >> why? >> people, including myself are in grumpy places when i commute. >> i hate that about the subway i always speak to people on the subway. they stand with their heads down, all of these folks around you. you can't get a signal down here. talk to me, please. >> i'm listening to music and enjoying myself. my brother told me not to make contact with people in the subway. it's not safe. >> no. >> we're from iowa. >> okay. there's that. >> i'm from arkansas. it took me a minute, too. how did we get to new york? >> what are we doing here. >> i feel lost. >> i'm so scared. >> we're not done with romance just yet.
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♪ ♪ >> oh, it is now time for "the mix." >> oh, yeah. >> "the mix.." >> yes, this thing right here. sky diving. >> is that mine? >> yeah. the whole thing. >> i thought you wanted the proposal because you are in love with love. >> oh, man. we are blowing it. >> we are. there is a go pro video of a man proposing marriage at 10,000 feet during a tandem sky dive. i really want to hear the video to this. i think we are seeing it. >> i love you. >> as if jumping out of a plane isn't shocking. now you want me to sign on for life. >> she was happy. she said yes. >> she did.
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i think he proposed again on the ground. whoa, and he dropped her. if this how things are going i don't know if this will work out. here he is again. now he drops to the knee. >> in the last 15 seconds an idea for valentine's day, go to waffle house. i'm not kidding. check in to waffle house. they have been doing it almost 20 years now. annual tradition, candle light, sparkling cider and waffles. here's the polka. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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this morning on "world news now," demanding justice. parents of three muslim students killed in north carolina insist it was a hate crime as thousands pay their respects. storm warnings. after six feet of snow this season, boston is bracing for a blizzard this weekend as millions wake up today to dangerous windchills. accuweather has us covered. going viral. an unusual video from president obama where he mugs for the camera, uses a selfie stick and even doodles. the silly antics and the serious message. design debut. kanye west shows off his styles on stage in new york's world famous fashion week. all the dazzle and dish in "the skinny" on this friday, february 13th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now."
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good morning on this friday. i'm sara haines. >> hello to you all. i'm t.j. holmes. we have to start this hour with a call for justice as three muslim students from north carolina are laid to rest. >> more than 5,000 people gathered for the funeral. the crowd so big the service has to be moved from a mosque to an athletic field. >> many are echoing the family's allegations saying they were killed because of their faith. we get more from abc's lana zak. >> reporter: a large crowd converged on the campus of nc state university at a candle light vigil for the three victims. >> our hearts go out to the families of the victims. >> it happened to us, as a community that got attacked. >> reporter: three muslim students shot dead. deah barakat, his new wife and her 19-year-old sister. >> please don't fight fire with fire. >> their coffins were carried from the local soccer complex as thousands came to mourn them. police charged this man. 46-year-old neighbor craig steven hicks with three counts of first-degree murder.
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but that's not enough say the victims' families. >> this has hate crime written all over it. >> reporter: the father of the two slain sisters is demanding hate crime charges. hicks' wife says he may have been motivated by a lingering dispute over a parking space. >> this incident had nothing to do with religion or victims' faith. >> reporter: hicks, who is held without bond had previously proposed on facebook his solution to problems in the middle east, atheism. the council on islamic relations drafting a letter with other groups calling for hate crimes investigation. the fbi is working with local police. >> we are examining every possible investigative angle to include the potential for hate crime. >> reporter: lana zak, abc news, boston. police in houston on the lookout for three gunmen who held up an armored car and shot and killed the driver. investigators say three masked men ambushed the brinks truck outside of a bank. they opened fire when one of the
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brinks security guards fired back, the gunmen took off. police recovered their pickup truck. they are not saying whether or not the men got away with the money. fast-moving clipper storm has boston in its sights. the storm has brought winter misery to nearly half of the state's bitter cold, traffic accidents and more. overnight temperatures are plunging in to the single digits. and if boston hasn't had enough snow valentine's day could be erased by a whiteout. >> this snow is not stopping right now. i ask everyone to be patient, patient with your neighbor and when you are in the car traveling. >> boston's mayor is asking residents to remember florists and restaurants this valentine's day because merchants have been hard hit by the snow. he plans to still take his girlfriend out for dinner on saturday night. >> i needed that bit of information. >> millions of folks in the northeast will be dealing with powerful winds. make any travel hazardous. >> with windchills plunging to
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the danger zone accuweather justin povick has the latest. good morning, justin. t.j. and sara, thanks. good morning. the northeast catching a break from the snow for one day but not the cold. that's not going anywhere unfortunately anytime soon. it's a frigid start. it's a brutal afternoon because of the amount of cold and the winds which could cause a couple of flight days from boston logan south toward newark and la guardia. high pressure in control. at least the sunshine is out occasionally. saturday in to sunday, here's the big concern, an all-out blizzard for new england. sara and t.j., back to you. >> thank you, justin. the field of journalism suffered another tragic loss. influential "new york times" media journalist david carr has died. his last column and final tweets were about the stunning week in media news. he once struggled with drug abuse by rose to be one of the most finest journalist of his generation. david carr died last night in the "time" newsroom. he was only 58.
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overseas to ukraine. a cease-fire agreement hammered out after marathon peace talks. the deal set to take effect this sunday could finally bring the bloody conflict to an end. it is said to be a partial win for moscow and kiev but delays restoring control of the eastern boardser with russia and doesn't set a deadline for the withdrawal of russian forces. as ukraine prepares to end the violence here more violence. they were having a tough time finding peace in parliament. these are two lawmakers. >> use your words. >> battling it out over a local land issue. you saw them going at it there. soldier had to intervene. one man had a busted nose. you see him there. the other had a busted lip but yes, these are lawmakers. i hope washington is watching. >> or not. the senate confirmed ash carter as the country's next secretary of defense. he will take the helm of the military as the u.s. deals with a number of major international threats and conflicts, including isis and ukraine.
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he is replacing chuck hagel and is a veteran pentagon official. he won support with a vote of 93-5. president obama is using online video to push his health care initiative. the next deadline for signing up is this sunday. you see the president there. he stars in this video on buzz feed and it is going viral. 18 million views. he poses in front of the mirror, doodles, plays imaginary basketball, uses a selfie stick but he stays on message. >> february 15th, february 15th, in many cases you can get health insurance for less than $100 a month. just go to healthcare.gov. >> signing up health insurance for young adults plan is essential for its success. pundits say the best way to reach them is through videos like this. critics will hate anything the president does. calling it unpresidential but it looks brilliant because you are captivated by everything he is doing and he sneaks in the
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message about health care. you can't miss it. >> i think it is is creative. it's the way to speak to the youth of our generation, or little older, sorry. >> let's go with our generation. former chief of sony pictures is speaking publicly for the first time admitting she was pushed out the door. she is not backing down from her tough talk about celebrities. abc's linsey davis has details. >> reporter: a new admission from amy pascal, the former co-chair of sony pictures saying she was fired. in a candid interview, pascal opens up about the e-mails leaked in the sony hacking scandal landing her in hot water. among those, a chain with producer scott rudin criticizing angelina jolie's talents. pascal now saying jolie didn't care. >> first person i talked to is angie after that e-mail. we all live in this weird thing together called hollywood. if we were all actually nice, it wouldn't work.
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>> reporter: as for jennifer lawrence getting paid less than her "american hustle" co-stars. >> i run a business. if people want to work for less money i will pay them less money. what women have to do is not work for less money. >> what she sees as a teachable moment in all of this. >> you should always say exactly what you think directly to people all the time. >> reporter: pascal is also blunt when it comes to her situation saying at 56 years old it's not the time in your life you want to start over again and she admits to being scared. linsey davis, abc news, new york. lawmaker in puerto rico is getting a lot of criticism for proposing a bill that would fine parents because their kids are obese. if it is enacted, overweight children would be assigned a health adviser who would work up a diet and exercise plan and would follow up every month. parents then could be fined up to $500 if their child doesn't show enough progress in six months. $800 fine assessed after a year in the program. diet experts are calling it
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unfair and likely to be more harmful than beneficial. back in the mid '80s, rod stewart had a hit song with "some guys have all the luck." we can say that about this guy. >> this guy is rich german. he is paddle boarding off of southern california with a couple of friendly dolphins. he is lucky. why? a month ago he shot a similar video during a close encounter with killer whales. >> that's different company. german called his paddle with the dolphins totally peaceful and blissful and we can understand why he would say that looking at this video. if you had sharks last time those fins would scare me now. i'd start to hear the "jaws" theme. >> we call this guy the lucky one. "the skinny" coming your way, folks and bill murray getting crazy on the golf course. and this is not a scene from "caddyshack." first, that life changing $564 million jackpot. the three winning tickets and the lucky vendors cashing in big time. you are watching "world news now."
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use promo code: notme. call the number on your screen now. west coast seaports are all but shutdown for the holiday weekend. it is part of a labor dispute between the shipping companies and the longshoremen's union. management doesn't want to pay a premium for work on the holidays and weekends. no ships were unloaded yesterday, lincoln's birthday and monday is president's day. nearly all u.s. trade with asia goes through these ports. bad news for those who may not have bought that special someone chocolate for valentine's day. don't be surprised when you have
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to pay a bit more than you did last year. chocolate has become more expensive because the price of the main ingredient cocoa soared last year. the main reason why, increased demand for chocolate. particularly dark chocolate because that's the healthy kind across asia. thanks, asia. >> there's healthy chocolate. >> it is called dark chocolate. were you not listening to my big news broadcast? i didn't know it was -- they say you can have it every day just like wine. people that decide these things. >> wow. okay. that's your source. >> that's my source. >> you have two sources. >> they and them. >> and you can have wine every day, chocolate every day. health advice. don't take it from this one. look, folks. by now you should know whether or not you won the powerball. you know whether or not you did. it was a half billion dollars but there are plenty of -- literally millions of win winners out there. >> i would take those million dollar seconds. marci gonzalez tells us about the runners up.
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for some it's a piece of papers. >> for some it is a life changer. >> won a million dollars. no, no, no. >> bob is one of the 33 people to win a million bucks in the powerball drawing. >> 25, 11, 54, 13, 39. >> now power ball number 19. >> reporter: he was oh so close to hitting the big jackpot . >> 18 and the winner was 19. >> reporter: $564 million split between three winners who bought their tickets in puerto rico, north carolina and at this convenience store in texas. >> lucky machine. >> that's the lucky machine, huh? >> that's maybe the lucky machine. >> reporter: a lucky machine or really lucky people. only a one in 175 million chance of matching all six numbers, but the odds didn't keep people across the country from dreaming big. >> lucky one. >> reporter: the lucky feeling lingering for the winners and the store owners getting their own big prizes. >> a million dollars. >> reporter: just for selling one of those three winning slips of paper.
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>> i'm so exciting. i'm so exciting, you know. i just called my wife. hey, exciting. >> reporter: very exciting. those jackpot winners will bring home $127 million before taxes if they choose the lump sum payment. the rest of us can wait until saturday when the next powerball drawing is with a minimum payment of $40 million. t.j. and sara. >> thank you, marci. >> literally millions of winners that day. most won $4. >> remember we told people not to check their tickets if they weren't in three states. we were so wrong. >> only 33 million dollar winners. what's that mean? >> come on. that's a lot. new york fashion week. one shocking photo of our friend kelly ripa. "the skinny" is next. "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ topping "the skinny" this morning, fashion week. the iconic event kicked off last night in new york city where kanye west debuted his collection with adidas originals. >> he gave fans a listen to his new song wolves. a slew of models including kim k's half sister kylie jenner showed off body suits to knee
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high socks to shoes. >> biggest names in fashion and music on hand. to check this out, anna win tour, russell simmons, jay-z, beyonce and rihanna caught backstage getting a firsthand look as well. >> do you need the other rows if that is who is in your front row? another big name at the event justin bieber. speaking of second rows. he wasn't granted the same leg room as the others. there he is. he is just justin bieber in the second row behind the kardashian-jenner clan. we were trying to figure out why he wasn't in the first row and it might be his questionable fashion choices. justin, seriously. >> we all have an off day. >> an off day. don't put one thing on your overalls unless you are from iowa, which i am, and you are in the '80s. >> back in the day. >> maybe early '90s. i still make questionable choices. >> in front of bieber was kendall jenner. she is getting extra attention
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for a photo shoot, her latest one. >> not just because of her fashionable outfit she's modeling for the camera. the attention is coming from who she is paired. not that guy. look familiar right here? oh, yeah, it is marcel, ross' monkey from "friends." see how much happier kendall is with him than the other guy. watch this. see? not really happy. look at how disappointed mar sell gets when the male model gets back in the shot . >> are we interpreting these photos like this. >> do you not see it? >> marcel is 19 now and looking great. it will appear in the march issue of "allure" magazine. >> i think the monkey, that's a comeback i'm waiting to see marcel. come on. bill murray got crazy on the golf course and it didn't involve interactions with gophers. it did, however, involve some interactions with the gallery. >> opening round of the at&t pebble beach national pro-am, he pulled a fan down the hill.
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gave a warm, relaxing massage to another. his golfing one that great. got overzealous. missing putts. he's great at this. always entertaining at these pro-ams. >> i love him. sticking with sports in "the skinny" we turn to shaquille o'neal. you know he's a big guy. >> big dude. >> but since the 7'1" shaq's nba days are over he got some shorter pals. >> like kelly ripa. >> she's like up to his waist. >> this picture was posted to the live with kelly and michael instagram account. to accentuate the contrast she takes her heels off. you have been around her. how tall is she? >> i haven't been around her. i want to call her my best friend but we aren't. >> you gave me the impression that we were besties. >> i wrote that in. >> we have seen her next to michael strahan but for the nba that's not that tall. shaq has a size 22 shoe. you know what that means. big shoes. >> it means he's got big feet. yeah, i know exactly what that means.
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♪ you like that shot, huh? okay. you all know sara has been here so the week has been a little -- we'll just say wild. it has been fun, a good week but unfortunately the news had its fair share of tragedy and mishaps this week. >> there were memorable moments. it is all here in our "friday rewind." >> kayla has touched the heart of the world. the world grieves with us. >> do you believe isis poses a threat to the homeland? >> i think we should take it very seriously. >> make no mistake it is a difficult mission and will remain difficult for some time but our coalition is on the offensive. isil is on the defensive and isil is going to lose. >> i'm concerned about the
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breadth and vagueness of the ground troop, the ground troop language. >> we have never seen this type of snow here in the city of boston any other time in the history of our city. >> someone taking the lives of two people there to help them, that is not ptsd in my opinion. >> he literally told me, daddy, i feel he hates us for how we look and dress. >> this incident had nothing to do with religion. >> we know we are champions. our parents know we are champions and the team's parents know we are champions and chicago knows we are champions. >> do you worry you will end up on the wrong side of history here? >> wrong side of history, absolutely not. did they stop with one man and one man or one woman and one woman, or do they go to multiple marriages or marriages between men and their daughters? >> are you okay? >> bruce jenner has intense scrutiny on him right now. on top of that you add this fatal automobile accident and it's got to be intense to be under this microscope.
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>> oh, my gosh, i have to try to say something now without crying. >> beck needs to respect artistry and should have given his award to beyonce. at this point, we are tired of it. i'm here to fight for creativity. >> i'm going to have dinner on a school night with my family -- who i have heard from multiple sources are lovely people. >> great line. >> i love that. >> that was a great line. we can relate to some of that in this business. >> yeah. what a week. sara haines. are you going to come back? >> i hope so. i really want reena to join us, though. >> so i can take the day off. you two want to hang out. >> ideas. >> if you want to look back at the week that was. the behind-the-scenes stuff, you ain't seen nothing yet, go to facebook. ♪
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good morning. i'm sara haines. >> i'm t.j. holmes. jurors in the man accused of killing the real life american sniper saw a video that may bolster the suspect's insanity defense. he talks about the apocalypse, voodoo and whether he is insane. a full report ahead. a sad farewell in north carolina. thousands of mourners gather for the funeral of three muslim students gunned down at their apartment complex. relatives are demanding officials file hate crime charges. pope francis sparking controversy telling couples who choose not to have children they are being selfish. he said it is a greedy generation that doesn't want to surround itself with generation. children. we are waiting for the holders of the three winning powerball tickets to step forward. they will share $564 million.
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what we do know is the lottery agents who sold the tickets will each get a million dollars. those are some of our top stories on this friday the 13th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." everybody is talking about this powerball this week and yes if you sell that you get a million bucks. >> for doing nothing. >> you sold the ticket. >> you stood there and took the order. >> you were a vendor. >> agree to disagree. >> all right. sara, i was about to say it has been great having sara here all week. i will scrap that part for now. >> you love me, t.j. >> i do. i can't help it. she's been with us all week. it has been a pleasure. thank you so much. you will see plenty more of her around. doing your weekend "gma" thing. >> yeah, no sleep. >> you will be there. we begin this half hour with the trial of a man who's confessed to killing the real-life american sniper. he's pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. >> the jury saw video that may
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help his case. abc's rean owens has more. >> reporter: this is dash cam video of police chasing double murder suspect eddie routh just hours after he killed chris kyle and his friend chad littlefield. one officer rams the truck. watch the collision again. it doesn't stop routh. the chase reaches speeds of more than 100 miles an hour before the truck has mechanical problems and stops in the middle of the interstate. routh gets out, hands in the air and is swarmed by officers. here's another angle of his takedown from a different dash cam. the marine veteran who served in iraq is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. prosecutors say the fact he is fleeing from police proves he knows right from wrong. the truck routh is in belonged to navy sniper chris kyle whose story is told in the blockbuster "american sniper." kyle along with littlefield brought routh to the gun range to help him cope with ptsd. that's where prosecutors say
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routh shot them in the back multiple times and stole his pickup. >> he said he killed two guys. they went out to a shooting range. like he's all crazy. he's psychotic. chris kyle's widow was in court after her tear full court on wednesday. prosecutors played another tape for the juror this afternoon. this video from a officer's body camera. that is routh in the truck just before the police chase. his neighbor who is also a cop is trying to get him to surrender. the officer says routh told them, i have taken a couple of souls and i have some more souls to take. >> reporter: the video may not be the slam dunk they appear for the prosecution. on them, routh rambles, talks about devils living among us and even saying he's insane. ryan owens, abc news, stephenville, texas. plenty of questions and few answers this morning about the stabbing death of an attorney in washington, d.c. 30-year-old david messerschmidt was found dead in a room at the
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boutique hotel called donovan. the person in the surveillance video is a person of interest. they are offering a $25,000 reward for the person's identity. a conditional light vigil was held in his honor last night. president obama attends a get together about cybersecurity today. the president arrives in san francisco last night. the cybersecurity summit happening at stanford university comes amid a wave of high-profile hacking attacks. the summit will focus on boosting u.s. cybersecurity by creating public-private partnerships. in a survey 83% of organizations put cyberattacks among the top three security threats. an abc news investigation. people around the world are paying top dollar to buy their way to the u.s. spies, suspected terrorists and other unsavory characters shelling out up to a half million dollars for a green card offered by our government. abc's brian ross with the details. >> reporter: as advertised
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around the world, from russia to iran to china, foreign citizens can now essentially buy visas or green cards to come and live in america through the u.s. immigration program called the eb-5. >> yes, you can. >> reporter: all it takes is $500,000, invested in a u.s. project that creates jobs. like this big casino in las vegas. >> we believe the eb-5 program is nothing more than selling of green cards. >> reporter: among those buying, according to these internal government documents obtained by abc news are people suspected of child pornography, narcotics trafficking, fraud and espionage. >> if this program is used to undercut our national security it is something that has to be exposed. >> reporter: now u.s. authorities tell abc news they are investigating whether the eb-5 program maybe abused by iranian operatives to infiltrate the united states for smuggling and possible terrorism. authorities are investigating this california shipping company.
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american logistics international. and its iranian born owner ali mahdavi. even as he has been under national security investigation for allegedly smuggling to iran he has used the eb-5 program to bring in dozens of people. as he arrived back from the middle east last week, he tried to duck our cameras. >> haven't done anything wrong. >> reporter: his company is one of 32 businesses approved for the eb-5 green card program that have come under criminal investigation, raising questions about lax oversight of the program in washington. >> mr. secretary, brian ross from abc news. >> we're not going to do an interview. >> now department of homeland security secretary is under investigation by the inspector general. something he didn't want to talk about with abc news. >> you cannot answer these questions, sir? >> only after that encounter did we start to get answers, including word the los angeles company under investigation has now been stopped from bringing
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any more people into the kun tri anymore people in the country under the eb-5 program. the inspector general's report for the homeland security department is expected soon. brian ross, abc news, new york. bill cosby is facing two more accusers adding to dozens of others who have already come forward. the women making the latest claims are former models. they say bill cosby betrayed their trust and drugged and assaulted them in hotel rooms when they were in their early 20s. >> i took a sip and blacked out. when i awakened, i was naked in a bed beside him. >> reporter: cosby's attorneys have not responded to the latest charges. he called off a performance last night in california and three others over the weekend. this is already one of the snowiest winters in boston's history. more is on the way. a blizzard warning for coastal massachusetts for tomorrow evening through sunday. more than a foot of snow is possible on top of the six feet that's already fallen in the past 30 days. on top of that, temperatures are plunging for the entire east coast from georgia northward. further up the coast, keeping
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roads and airports open is a herculean task. at the small airport, this one you are seeing snow removal costs this year are triple those of a normal winter and this is not over yet. it won't be snow. it will be wind that could delay travelers at northeast airports today. get more now from accu-weather's justin povick. good morning. >> sara, t.j., thanks. good morning to you. we are off to a very cold start throughout the northeast and in to new england. the good news is we don't have any heavy snow. then again there's some wind out there. that makes it feel colder. i think there will be a few additional travel delays from boston logan southbound to jfk and la guardia. high pressure is around for now. at least for the afternoon we will squeeze out sunshine. big concern later on this weekend, saturday in to early sunday looks like the worst of worst from boston to portland, six to 12 inches of snow around boston. perhaps over a foot in portland. blowing and drifting, near blizzard conditions on the way
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and a ton of arctic cold to follow all weekend long. sara and t.j., back to you. >> thank you. as always we love birthdays around here. we have a big special birthday today. monopoly. >> happy birthday. >> turning 80. i'm sure it would appreciate that. >> hard to believe players have been passing go, and trying to avoid jail and buy as many properties as possible. for eight decades now. to celebrate hasbro is launching a new campaign. >> go to vote monopoly.com and vote for which city should be featured in new monopoly games . there will be a new world edition, as well. an edition, just one for us here in the u.s. what would be your city? what would you vote for? >> des moines. i'm from iowa. and newton is too small for a monopoly game. >> des moines is a growing metropolis. i play with the scottie dog. what's your jam? >> i haven't played monopoly in probably ten years. >> seriously, we can't be friends.
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it's over. >> who has this kind of time? >> me. >> oh. did you get that? hope you were listening. execs, she has time. >> i never claimed to have this cool of a life. this is it. >> i'm sleeping with my time. >> come on, i love being the banker. this is the new piece, the cat in case you didn't see. >> did they lose a piece to get that piece? >> they tried to dis the thimble which was just dumb. >> again, happy birthday. >> let's talk more about this during commercial. >> marvin gardens. >> happy birthday. this worked well, i think. >> totally did. coming up in "insomniac theater" two intimate sleeper movies for your valentine's date night. ahead, if you are staying home with your sweetie, maybe playing monopoly, a valentine's day pasta with a twist in the "insomniac kitchen." first, new york fashion week --
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we dont have a pool i'll come in anyway next week i'm going to be a maid ky yours and mine now discover our exclusive line at k-y.com new york fashion week is underway in new york. the annual event is known for its cutting-edge style and headline grabbing events. >> this year, all eyes on one extraordinary model who's turning heads and lifting hearts. abc's lana zak has the story. >> reporter: amid pumping beats and flashing lights, history is being made with these first confident steps. jamie brewer is the first model with down's syndrome to take on the catwalk at a new york fashion week show. >> it changes. it changes yourself and outward changes, the world. >> reporter: at designer carrie
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hammer's show, her models have never walked a runway before. they are successful professionals. making their way through life as role models not runway models. >> i'm most looking forward to putting the most amazing women in the world on the runway and inspiring other women. >> reporter: among them top executives, philanthropists, activists and one special actress, jamie, best known for her roles on the fx cable series "american horror story" says she conquered so many fears on tv. >> a drowning scene. zombies. >> reporter: walking the runway at new york's fashion show is another challenge. >> embrace the fear and go for it. >> reporter: that's just what she does. bounding on the catwalk with hands on hips she owns the stage. and with the simple act of pointing takes on the audience, a smile, productive for the cameras and a pirouette like a dancers. with the audience cheering her on she raises both hands in the
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air and with a fist pump she walks off the stage. a runway revolution. lana zak, abc news. >> i love that. >> lana took us through the walk. >> she owned it. who else walks down the runway like that. she is like call me. you got it. >> fantastic story. fashion week we are always talking about with the jenners earlier. >> people falling and nothing uplifting. >> this is uplifting for fashion week. gets me interested in fashion week for the first time. good story. "insomniac kitchen" coming up. igniting passion through pasta. homemade cooking for this valentine's weekend. >> carbs. we are serving up love in the "insomniac kitchen" next on "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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if you haven't booked a reservation for that nice restaurant yet you may want to think of plan b for valentine's day. >> making dinner is the way to go. more romantic. doesn't have to be fancy but has to be good. let's head to the "insomniac kitchen" with tina trinh for a recipe that should do the trick. >> i'm in trouble. valentine's day tomorrow. i got nothing. but he'll like this, right? it's from me. >> laura, you are my last hope.
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valentine's day around the corner. i'm clueless right now. what do i do. >> pasta with pancheta, pickled peppers, parmesan and parsley. it is to die for. >> i'm still going to have a boyfriend after this. >> he'll put a ring on it. i guarantee you. >> what? let's do it. >> get a big pot of water and bring it to a boil because that takes the longest. then work on pancheta. it is italian bacon but not smoked. big skillet with high sides, olive oil not a lot because the pancheta renders a lot of fat. as you can see, it almost looks like salami. >> like prosciutto. >> it is deeply salty, which i love. chop in to bite-size pieces and add to the skillet. >> about a half cup there. >> about a half cup. it will brown up quickly and get out natural fat.
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while that happens, i'm going to add a little garlic. while those are getting along and simmering, i want to talk about cherry peppers. mild version of a red bell pepper. these have been in a brine. i tear them. i don't want the seeds because that's where most of the heat is. i get rid of the seeds. >> you are dissecting them. sfliemt pretty much. >> and i tear them with my fingers. a half a cup or so of those and this is looking great. >> that crisped up really fast actually. >> it does. >> i'm going to add my sauce. add that right in. i want two cans. and that flavor just going to intensify and everything together will be phenomenal once it has had a chance to simmer for about 30 minutes. i want to add a couple more things to it. a pinch of italian seasoning. basil, rosemary and a small pinch of sugar. the sugar is a great balance to
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offset the brine of peppers and little salt and let it simmer for 20, 25 minutes. >> so the peppers go in last? >> the peppers go in last because i don't want them to lose their shape. >> the sauce doing its thing over here and we will drop pasta in. >> yep. >> we are close to the finish line. we have to put it together, chop up parsley and you are nearly done. >> nice. >> who won't love you for that. all i'm going to say. >> thank you so much. it is delicious. >> cook on a valentine's day? >> yes, i am. i love cooking. >> really? >> you just got even hotter. >> thank you for that. >> that's adorable. because we're ordering out. >> are you really? >> cook the man some food, please. >> i need to get some skills. domestic is not my expertise. >> it is sexy to see you in the kitchen, got the apron on, a bottle of wine is open and you're making the effort. >> i can go do the wine. >> seeing you make the effort is good enough. >> the product is not very sexy. >> doesn't matter. we don't want sexy food. >> if it is just the effort.
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♪ valentine's day weekend, if you are at a loss for what to do a movie sounds good, right? it is a place to go where you don't have to talk to the person you are on a date. >> you sound like a good time, t.j. yesterday we gave you a preview of the top two box office draws. now we have two lesser known, more intimate films. we will start with a musical "the last five years" and it stars anna kendrick and jeremy jordan. it is a deconstruction of their love affair and marriage. jordan's song start at the beginning of the relationship and kendrick's at the end of the marriage. they meet in the middle and i hope it gets better than that because it doesn't sound like valentine's day to me. ♪ i don't need any lifetime commitment ♪
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i don't need to get hitched tonight ♪ i don't want you to throw up all of your walls and defenses ♪ ♪ i don't mean to put on any pressure i know when a thing is right ♪ and i spend every day reconfiguring my senses ♪ >> reporter: we have seen kendrick belt it in out in pitch perfect and in to the woods and she seems to deliver here as well. ryan talarico of roger ebert.com says, with all musical performances, it's about range. kendrick hits the notes and musical. she's reason alone to seek it out. travis hopson from "the examiner" says, "you better love musicals before thinking of sitting through the last five years" and we lost t.j. one second in. >> just took a moment. no. it's not my cup of tea but may work for somebody. >> you said "50 shades of grey" is more your thing. i am going to have a rough weekend for movies. turn to romantic comedies. that's my speed.
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one of the go-to guys. hugh grant plays a screenwriter in the rewrite where circumstances lead him to start over and teach a college course. his character finds himself unexpectedly invested in his students' lives, including a single mom, marisa tomei also looking for a fresh start. >> glad i caught you. holly carpenter. >> hello. what do you teach? >> i don't teach. i learn. i'm a sophomore. >> really? >> uh-huh. >> some of the reviews, who knows here. one calling it grant engagingly disengaged and the other says all we want is a self deprecating hugh learning to find his heart and soul. take it or leave it. a lot of people love him. >> and marisa tomei but this weekend it is all about "kingsman" and "50 shades of grey." those are the two big ones. >> mainly "50 shades of grey." >> "kingsman" looks good. >> i can't wait to see 50 shades. >> mainly "50 shades of grey." >> kingsman looks good. >> i can't wait to see 50
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♪ this morning on "world news now," arctic blast. tens of millions of americans waking up today to dangerous windchills followed by blizzard warnings. mother nature is not giving the northeast a break. explosive accusations. two more women claim bill cosby sexually assaulted them years ago. >> every victim that bill cosby assaulted who's been called a whore and a liar. >> what cosby is doing as the scandal grows. consumer alert. the warning to millions of americans who use a popular on-line program to file their taxes. >> it's a loot of money out there that scammers can get. >> how to avoid becoming the next victim. it is friday, february 13th. >> announcer: from abc news,
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this is "world news now." all right. it is friday, folks. the good news is the day before valentine's day. the bad news friday 13th. are you one of those folks worried about friday 13th ? >> no, but i like a horror flick on a day like today. it is a day to watch a scary movie. cuddle up with your honey. two chihuahuas and a honey. >> why do the dogs come first? >> i can't believe it's taking a full week to understand that. a full week. speaking of valentine's day, later this half hour i'll show you how to find love on the subway. can you believe that? on the subway? >> i used to find love on the subway all the time. >> not supposed to make eye contact on the subway. >> looking down. that's interesting. sara haines has been with us all week. today's her last day with us. it's been a pleasure. >> thank you for having me. >> let's finish strong here. but we have to finish the week. >> great weather. sorry folks. >> severe winter weather with warnings.
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bitterly cold in 16 states from georgia up the east coast, snowing in western north carolina. >> the snowstorm is strengthening in to a blizzard and moving northeast and taking aim, once again at, you heard it, boston. we get more from abc senior meteorologist rob marciano. >> reporter: this fast-moving clipper storm that brought blinding conditions to 23 states is causing pileups near pittsburgh and behind that storm comes two more blasts of dangerous cold. at least 14 states, and 35 million americans are under windchill advisories or warnings. frostbite could set in, in just minutes to exposed skin. news that new england will not want to hear, more snow. >> hopefully we will get a break in the weather pattern. >> reporter: they won't. whiteout conditions are in the works for this holiday weekend. >> we haven't had a chance to really clear the snow from our driveways. >> reporter: across hard-hit massachusetts, the national guard still hauling away snow by the truckload. residents rushing to shore up collapsed roofs.
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boston already buckling under the weight of record-breaking snow. and preparing yet again. >> we're going to get through this. just ask for your help and patience. >> reporter: two shots of cold air coming. the second could be the coldest air we have seen in the eastern u.s. in over a decade. as for the blizzard conditions, primetime for that expected to be saturday night for eastern new england through sunday afternoon. this comes on the heels of several record-breaking snowstorms. rob marciano, abc news, new york. also in boston, lawyers for the marathon bombing suspect want his trial moved out of massachusetts. the federal appeals court agreed to hear their request next week. the attorneys for dzhokhar tsarnaev say he can't get a fair trial because of the emotional impact on the city. three were killed and hundreds injured on the attack two years ago. the presiding judge rejected three change of venue motions. the fbi opened a separate investigation in the deaths of three muslim students gunned down at their apartment complex
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in chapel hill, north carolina. 5,000 mourners turned out in raleigh for the funeral for deah barakat and his new wife yusor and her 19-year-old sister razan. relatives insist it was a hate crime. craig hicks, their neighbor is charged with killing them. he often complained about organized religion. different interpretations in court of a videotaped confession. an ex-marine admits he shot and killed american sniper chris kyle and a friend. but is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. the video was recorded by a police body camera as officers tried to coax him out of a pickup truck. he talks about voodoo, apocalypse and whether he is going insane. military officials say 22 marines have been treated for exposure to noxious gas at their base in southern california. they were on a training exercise and on an assault vehicle that carries troops ship to shore. an equipment malfunction caused a release of a fire retardant gas. three are hospitalized this morning. president obama wants veterans struggling with depression to know they are not
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forgotten. so he signed the clay hunt suicide prevention act named for a young marine who survived the war in afghanistan but ultimately lost the battle against his post-war demons. here now is bob woodruff. >> reporter: he was a strong marine, corporal clay hunt, visibly wounded by a bullet piercing his wrist, but invisibly tormented by post-traumatic stress. so severe that at age 28 he killed himself, two years after returning from afghanistan. he was treated for depression by the v.a., mostly with drugs. when they didn't work, he just got more. he told his friends he felt like a guinea pig for drugs. he tried to warn others in this video on mtv. >> i have done and seen things in my life that for one most people should never have to see. >> reporter: approximate post-traumatic stress he couldn't keep can his job. football games and fireworks set off panic attacks. he wanted to do something. so he traveled with an organization started by a fellow marine to help victims of the
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earthquake this is haiti and chile. his depression kept getting worse. >> we have 22 veterans today committing suicide here. that's an issue that needs to be seared in the forefront of every citizen's mind. >> reporter: his family hopes with this new law those suffering will get more state-of-the-art care for the wounds we can't see. >> he would not care if his name was attached to a bill or anything. all he would care about is okay, they listened and they are going to take care of my fellow veterans. >> reporter: it's taken a lot of time to get the law passed. anytime you try to spend more tax money there is a lot of resistance. in this case, though the republican senate and republican house actually agreed with the
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control of her jeep, crossed in to oncoming traffic and collided with another car sending the other driver to the hospital. a long list of bill cosby accusers is getting longer. two more former models have come forward. they say they were drugged and sexually assaulted by cosby many years ago when they were in their early 20s. details now from abc's ted rowlands. >> horrible experience has had a long-lasting impact on me. as a result, i find it very hard to trust men. >> reporter: two more accusers. >> i drank the second drink. within minutes i became dizzy and disoriented. >> reporter: two terribly familiar stories.
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>> i took a sip and blacked out but when i awakened i was naked in the bed beside him. i couldn't move or speak. i felt paralyzed. he flipped me over and sexually assaulted me. >> reporter: two former models linda brown and lisa lublin have joined the long line of women saying bill cosby slipped them drugs decades ago. >> he's a jekyll and hyde. >> for every victim bill cosby assaulted who's been called a whore and liar has helped me to become a survivor. bill cosby appears to think that rape is a joke. let me tell you something, bill, i'm not laughing. i'm serious. >> reporter: attorney gloria allred encouraged the median to waive the statute of limitations and face his accusers in court. >> then a judge and jury can decide, the women can present their evidence and he can present his defenses. >> reporter: more than 30 women accused bill cosby of sexually assaulting them. he denied wrongdoing through his attorney. he called off a performance
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thursday night in california and three others through the weekend. ted rowlands, abc news, los angeles. despite allegation of sexual misconduct, prince andrew is getting a promotion. next thursday when he turns 55, andrew will be made a vice admiral in the royal navy. his active naval career ended 14 years ago. the promotion is in line with long-standing protocol for royals. one activist group calls it offensive to the armed forces. last month andrew denied claims he had sex with an under aged american woman. pope francis stirring up controversy with a message to couples who choose not to have children. he said that decision is selfish. saying it is a greedy generation that doesn't want to surround itself with children. this remark comes weeks after francis said roman catholic couples need to not -- this is a quote here -- breed like rabbits, his words. that sparked serious debate over the church's stance on birth control.
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>> i thought it was usually hamsters. >> is that the one? >> i always said hamsters. i guess i'm wrong. >> breed like hamsters. you put them in a bag and let them go at it. >> always make more. i don't know. now something completely different. what a difference a year makes when talking about the national corvette museum in kentucky. >> a year ago right now the place was a mess. look at this. massive sinkhole opened under a showroom. eight corvettes were damaged or destroyed. >> why doesn't it happen to bad cars? yesterday they showed the first car to be pulled from the sinkhole. it was a completely refurbished corvette jr-1 blue devil and looks as good as new. >> the floor is close to be ready for exhibits. that is gorgeous. coming up, the "the mix" coming your way. love is in the air with an impressive proposal at 10,000 feet. >> yeah. ahead, love is underground. we will meet the professional matchmaker searching for soul mates on the subway. you are watching "world news now."
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larger price line group. both expedia and priceline are challenged by google as well as the airlines and hotels themselves. tax time has arrived. there's a new warning for those getting an early start on filing. >> thieves are using your social security number for fraudulent returns using popular software gio benitez has a warning for you. >> reporter: turbo tax, the do-it-yourself tax software and website used by 29 million americans last year now targeted by scammers. filing thousands of fake returns with other people's info to steal their refund. >> these scams can be common around tax season. because it's a loot of money out there that scammers can get. >> reporter: the fbi is launching an investigation in to how fraudsters got social security numbers to file bogus state returns including through turbo tax which temporarily suspended state filings last week after discovering the problem. but parent company intuit warning of phishing scams. e-mails like this, asking for users to confirm their data.
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>> once they have that information, they can then prepare a false tax return and designate where it is sent and it will not be to your bank account. >> tax return scams are reportedly happening across 19 states right now. in alabama alone, 16,000 suspicious filings. minnesota halting the processing of turbo tax state filings for 48 hours after a spike in victims there. julie hoi is one of them, going to file her return, finding out someone already had. >> it is a huge inconvenience, especially if you expect a refund. >> reporter: intuit telling abc news they place the highest importance on respecting and protecting our customers' data, regularly alerting customers of security alerts and phishing scams. so during tax time, stay vigilant. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> another thing to be scared of. >> can't do anything on the computer. >> somebody's watching. they are recording you. stealing your money and your soul. >> soul, wow. >> i went there.
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i'm angry right now. >> you okay? a long week, a long week. >> i will be okay. >> we talk about love in the air. love is apparently underground. a matchmaker you're going to meet who uses the new york city subway as her office. how this commuter cupid is so successful at hooking up her clients. ahead in our next half hour, fashion week has begun and kicking things off none other than kanye west. we will show you the artistry behind his designs and which celebrity was relegated to the second row. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ ♪ >> all right. even with all of those dating apps and websites out there, sometimes all you want is a good, old-fashioned match maker. >> yep.
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enter erica christianson. she calls herself the love conductor and doesn't need match making funny map just a metro card. >> the beauty of the subway is there are so many people contained in one spot. >> reporter: erica christianson is on the hunt. >> if we look at the fish that are swimming around and they are not what we are looking for, wait six minutes and a new batch comes in. it is like they are already in the net for us. >> reporter: the 33-year-old matchmaker scans the masses of new york commuters. like many of them she has no time to waste. >> are you single? are you single? >> are you single? >> erica goes underground during rush hour several times a week, often with one of her cupids. she connects with potential matches and then sets up fully planned blind meetups for the soon to be daters. >> we will tell you where to go, what to bring, what to do and hopefully you will have a good time anything you are particularly looking for? >> i'm open to try anything. >> reporter: erica keeps her client's personal preferences in mind with each trip.
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winter is a challenge as body shapes and wedding rings are covered up. today she is targeting one type in particular. >> we are looking for men over 30 who look like they are friendly, adventurous, up for anything. >> reporter: even if someone is taken, erica still finds a way to build up her database. >> any chance you have single friends who are around your age -- >> all of them. >> all of them. >> i'm the only one. >> i will give you all of these cards then. >> reporter: since launching train spotting in 2012, erica already has one success story. andrew and kelly schwartz of new jersey. >> i was standing on the subway platform, a train, waiting to go home from work. just an ordinary day. an attractive woman saunters up to me, looks me in the eye and says are you single? >> reporter: just ten days and four dates later, andrew proposed to kelly last march. they were married in october. >> my friends were very worried.
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they were like this is crazy. you are crazy, until they met andrew. there are a few things in his questionnaire that stuck with me and made me think immediately of kelly. he's so lovable. they are both lovable. our first official marriage. that was awesome. >> reporter: proof with a little help maybe you can find the love of your life on the subway. >> hate to say this, but the subway would have been the last place i would have checked for love. >> why? >> people, including myself are in grumpy places when i commute. >> i hate that about the subway i always speak to people on the subway. they stand with their heads down, all of these folks around you. you can't get a signal down here. talk to me, please. >> i'm listening to music and enjoying myself. my brother told me not to make contact with people in the subway. it's not safe. >> no. >> we're from iowa. >> okay. there's that. >> i'm from arkansas. it took me a minute, too. how did we get to new york? >> what are we doing here? >> i feel lost. >> i'm so scared. >> we're not done with romance just yet. a romantic thrilling mix coming
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♪ >> oh, it is now time for "the mix." >> oh, yeah. >> "the mix.." >> yes, this thing right here. sky diving. >> is that mine? >> yeah. the whole thing. >> i thought you wanted the proposal because you are in love with love. >> oh, man. we are blowing it. >> we are. there is a go pro video of a man proposing marriage at 10,000 feet during a tandem sky dive. i really want to hear the video to thi s. >> as if jumping out of a plane isn't shocking. now you want me to sign on for life. >> she was happy. she said yes. >> she did.
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i think he proposed again on the ground. whoa, and he dropped her. if this how things are going i don't know if this will work out. here he is again. now he drops to the knee. >> in the last 15 seconds an idea for valentine's day, go to waffle house. i'm not kidding. check in to waffle house. they have been doing it almost 20 years now. annual tradition, candle light, sparkling cider and waffles. here's the polka. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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this morning on "world news now," demanding justice. parents of three muslim students killed in north carolina insist it was a hate crime as thousands pay their respects. storm warnings. after six feet of snow this season, boston is bracing for a blizzard this weekend as millions wake up today to dangerous windchills. accuweather has us covered. going viral. an unusual video from president obama where he mugs for the camera, uses a selfie stick and even doodles. the silly antics and the serious message. design debut. kanye west shows off his styles on stage in new york's world famous fashion week. all the dazzle and dish in "the skinny" on this friday, february 13th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now."
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good morning on this friday. i'm sara haines. >> hello to you all. i'm t.j. holmes. we have to start this hour with a call for justice as three muslim students from north carolina are laid to rest. >> more than 5,000 people gathered for the funeral. the crowd so big the service has to be moved from a mosque to an athletic field. >> many are echoing the family's allegations saying they were killed because of their faith. we get more from abc's lana zak. >> reporter: a large crowd con vernld at -- converged at a candlelight vigil for the three victims. >> our hearts go out to the families of the victims. >> it happened to us, as a community that got attacked. >> reporter: three muslim students shot dead. deah barakat, his new wife and her 19-year-old sister. >> please don't fight fire with fire. >> their coffins were carried from the local soccer complex as thousands came to mourn them. police charged this man. 46-year-old neighbor craig steven hicks with three counts
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of first-degree murder. but that's not enough say the victims' families. >> this has hate crime written all over it. >> reporter: the father of the two slain sisters is demanding hate crime charges. hicks' wife says he may have been motivated by a lingering dispute over a parking space. >> this incident had nothing to do with religion or victims' faith. >> reporter: hicks, who is held without bond had previously proposed on facebook his solution to problems in the middle east, atheism. the council on islamic relations drafting a letter with other groups calling for hate crimes investigation. the fbi is working with local police. >> we are examining every possible investigative angle to include the potential for hate crime. >> reporter: lana zak, abc news, boston. police in houston on the lookout for three gunmen who held up an armored car and shot and killed the driver. investigators say three masked men ambushed the brinks truck
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outside of a bank. they opened fire when one of the brinks security guards fired back, the gunmen took off. police recovered their pickup truck. they are not saying whether or not the men got away with the money. fast-moving clipper storm has boston in its sights. the storm has brought winter misery to nearly half of the state's bitter cold, traffic accidents and more. overnight temperatures are plunging in to the single digits. and if boston hasn't had enough snow valentine's day could be erased by a whiteout. >> this snow is not stopping right now. i ask everyone to be patient, patient with your neighbor and when you are in the car traveling. >> boston's mayor is asking residents to remember florists and restaurants this valentine's day because merchants have been hard hit by the snow. he plans to still take his girlfriend out for dinner on saturday night. >> i needed that bit of information. >> millions of folks in the northeast will be dealing with powerful winds. make any travel hazardous. >> with windchills plunging to
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the danger zone, accuweather justin povick has the latest. good morning, justin. t.j. and sara, thanks. good morning. the northeast catching a break from the snow for one day but not the cold. that's not going anywhere unfortunately anytime soon. it's a frigid start. it's a brutal afternoon because of the amount of cold and the winds which could cause a couple of flight days from boston logan south toward newark and la guardia. high pressure in control. at least the sunshine is out occasionally. saturday in to sunday, here's the big concern, an all-out blizzard for new england. sara and t.j., back to you. >> thank you, justin. the field of journalism suffered another tragic loss. influential "new york times" media calum nis david carr has died. his last column and final tweets were about the stunning week in media news. he once struggled with drug abuse but rose to be one of the most finest journalist of his generation. david carr died last night in the "time" newsroom. he was only 58.
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overseas to ukraine. a cease-fire agreement hammered out after marathon peace talks. the deal set to take effect this sunday could finally bring the bloody conflict to an end. it is said to be a partial win for moscow and kiev but delays restoring control of the eastern border with russia and it doesn't set a deadline for the withdrawal of russian forces. as ukraine prepares to end the violence here's more violence. they were having a tough time finding peace in parliament. these are two lawmakers. >> use your words. >> battling it out over a local land issue. you saw them going at it there. soldier had to intervene. one man had a busted nose. you see him there. the other had a busted lip but yes, these are lawmakers. i hope washington is watching. >> or not. the senate confirmed ash carter as the country's next secretary of defense. he will take the helm of the military as the u.s. deals with a number of major international threats and conflicts, including
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isis and ukraine. he is replacing chuck hagel and is a veteran pentagon official. he won support with a vote of 93-5. president obama is using online video to push his health care initiative. the next deadline for signing up is this sunday. you see the president there. he stars in this video on buzz feed and it is going viral. 18 million views. he poses in front of the mirror, doodles, plays imaginary basketball, uses a selfie stick but he stays on message. >> february 15th, february 15th, in many cases you can get health insurance for less than $100 a month. just go to healthcare.gov. >> signing up health insurance for young adults plan is essential for its success. pundits say the best way to reach them is through videos like this. critics will hate anything the president does. calling it unpresidential but it looks brilliant because you are captivated by everything he is doing and he sneaks in the
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message about health care. you can't miss it. >> i think it is is creative. it's the way to speak to the youth of our generation, or little older, sorry. >> let's go with our generation. former chief of sony pictures is speaking publicly for the first time admitting she was pushed out the door. she is not backing down from her tough talk about celebrities. abc's linsey davis has details. >> reporter: a new admission from amy pascal, the former co-chair of sony pictures saying she was fired. in a candid interview, pascal opens up about the e-mails leaked in the sony hacking scandal landing her in hot water. among those, a chain with producer scott rudin criticizing angelina jolie's talents. as a director. pascal now saying jolie didn't care. >> first person i talked to is angie after that e-mail. we all live in this weird thing together called hollywood. if we were all actually nice, it
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wouldn't work. >> reporter: as for jennifer lawrence getting paid less than her "american hustle" co-stars. >> i run a business. if people want to work for less money i will pay them less money. what women have to do is not work for less money. >> what she sees as a teachable moment in all of this. >> you should always say exactly what you think directly to people all the time. >> reporter: pascal is also blunt when it comes to her situation saying at 56 years old it's not the time in your life you want to start over again and she admits to being scared. linsey davis, abc news, new york. lawmaker in puerto rico is getting a lot of criticism for proposing a bill that would fine parents because their kids are obese. if it is enacted, overweight children would be assigned a health adviser who would work up a diet and exercise plan and would follow up every month. parents then could be fined up to $500 if their child doesn't show enough progress in six months. $800 fine assessed after a year in the program. diet experts are calling it
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unfair and likely to be more harmful than beneficial. back in the mid '80s, rod stewart had a hit song with "some guys have all the luck." we can say that about this guy. >> this guy is rich german. he is paddle boarding off of southern california with a couple of friendly dolphins. he is lucky. why? a month ago he shot a similar video during a close encounter with killer whales. >> that's different company. german called his paddle with the dolphins totally peaceful and blissful and we can understand why he would say that looking at this video. if you had sharks last time those fins would scare me now. i'd start to hear the "jaws" theme. >> we call this guy the lucky one. "the skinny" coming your way, folks and bill murray getting crazy on the golf course. and this is not a scene from "caddyshack." first, that life changing $564 million jackpot. the three winning tickets and the lucky vendors cashing in big time. you are watching "world news now."
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use promo code: notme. call the number on your screen now. west coast seaports are all but shutdown for the holiday west coast seaports are all but shutdown for the holiday weekend. it is part of a labor dispute between the shipping companies and the longshoremen's union. management doesn't want to pay a premium for work on the holidays and weekends. no ships were unloaded yesterday, lincoln's birthday and monday is president's day. nearly all u.s. trade with asia goes through these ports. bad news for those who may not have bought that special someone chocolate for valentine's day. don't be surprised when you have to pay a bit more than you did last year.
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chocolate has become more >> who are they? people that decide these things. >> wow. okay. that's your source. >> that's my source. >> you have two sources. >> they and them. >> and you can have wine every day, chocolate every day. health advice. don't take it from this one. look, folks. by now you should know whether or not you won the powerball. you know whether or not you did. it was a half billion dollars but there are plenty of -- literally millions of win winners out there. >> i would take those million dollar seconds. marci gonzalez tells us about the runners up.
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for some it's a piece of paper. >> for some it is a life changer. >> won a million dollars. no, no, no. >> bob is one of the 33 people to win a million bucks in the powerball drawing. >> 25, 11, 54, 13, 39. >> now power ball number 19. >> reporter: he was oh so close to hitting the big jackpot . >> 18 and the winner was 19. >> reporter: $564 million split between three winners who bought their tickets in puerto rico, north carolina and at this convenience store in texas. >> lucky machine. >> that's the lucky machine, huh? >> that's maybe the lucky machine. >> reporter: a lucky machine or really lucky people. only a one in 175 million chance of matching all six numbers, but the odds didn't keep people across the country from dreaming big. >> lucky one. >> reporter: the lucky feeling lingering for the winners and the store owners getting their own big prizes. >> a million dollars. >> reporter: just for selling one of those three winning slips of paper.
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>> i'm so exciting. i'm so exciting, you know. i just called my wife. hey, exciting. >> reporter: very exciting. those jackpot winners will bring home $127 million before taxes if they choose the lump sum payment. the rest of us can wait until saturday when the next powerball drawing is with a minimum payment of $40 million. t.j. and sara. >> thank you, marci. >> literally millions of winners that day. most won $4. >> remember we told people not to check their tickets if they weren't in three states. we were so wrong. >> only 33 million dollar winners. weren't that many. >> come on. that's a lot. new york fashion week. one shocking photo of our friend kelly ripa. "the skinny" is next. "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ topping "the skinny" this morning, fashion week. the iconic event kicked off last night in new york city where kanye west debuted his collection with adidas originals. >> he gave fans a listen to his new song wolves. a slew of models including kim k's half sister kylie jenner showed off the designer duds
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which included body suits to knee hn knee-high socks to shoes. >> biggest names in fashion and music on hand. to check this out, anna win tour russ well simmons, jay z beyonce and rihanna caught backstage getting a firsthand look as well. >> do you need the other rows if that is who is in your front row? another big name at the event justin bieber. speaking of second rows. he wasn't granted the same leg room as the others. there he is. he is just justin bieber in the second row behind the kardashian-jenner clan. we were trying to figure out why he wasn't in the first row and it might be his questionable fashion choices. justin, seriously. >> we all have an off day. >> an off day. don't put one thing on your overalls unless you are from iowa, which i am, and you are in the '80s. >> back in the day. >> maybe early '90s. i still make questionable choices. >> in front of bieber was kendall jenner.
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she is getting extra attention for a photo shoot, her latest one. >> not just because of her fashionable outfit she's modeling for the camera. the attention is coming from who she is paired. not that guy. look familiar right here? oh, yeah, it is marcel, ross' monkey from "friends." see how much happier kendall is with him than the other guy. watch this. see? not really happy. look at how disappointed mar sell gets when the male model gets back in the shot . >> are we interpreting these photos like this. >> do you not see it? >> marcel is 19 now and looking great. it will appear in the march issue of "allure" magazine. >> i think the monkey, that's a comeback i'm waiting to see marcel. come on. bill murray got crazy on the golf course and it didn't involve interactions with gophers. it did, however, involve some interactions with the gallery. >> opening round of the at&t pebble beach national pro-am, he
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pulled a fan down the hill. gave a warm, relaxing massage to another. his golfing wasn't that great. got overzealous. missing putts. he's great at this. always entertaining at these pro-ams. >> i love him. sticking with sports in "the skinny" we turn to shaquille o'neal. you know he's a big guy. >> big dude. >> but since the 7'1" shaq's nba days are over he got some shorter pals. >> like kelly ripa. >> she's like up to his waist. >> this picture was posted to the live with kelly and michael instagram account. to accentuate the contrast, she takes her heels off. you have been around her. how tall is she? >> i haven't been around her. i want to call her my best friend but we aren't. >> you gave me the impression that we were besties. >> i wrote that in. wishful thinking. >> we have seen her next to michael strahan but for the nba that's not that tall. shaq has a size 22 shoe. you know what that means. big shoes. >> it means he's got big feet. yeah, i know exactly what that means.
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♪ you like that shot, huh? okay. you all know sara has been here so the week has been a little -- we'll just say wild. it has been fun, a good week but unfortunately the news had its fair share of tragedy and mishaps this week. >> there were memorable moments. it is all here in our "friday rewind." >> kayla has touched the heart of the world. the world grieves with us. >> do you believe isis poses a threat to the homeland? >> i think we should take it very seriously. >> make no mistake it is a difficult mission and will remain difficult for some time but our coalition is on the offensive. isil is on the defensive and isil is going to lose.
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>> i'm concerned about the breadth and vagueness of the ground troop, the ground troop language. >> we have never seen this type of snow here in the city of boston any other time in the history of our city. >> someone taking the lives of two people there to help them, that is not ptsd in my opinion. >> he literally told me, daddy, i feel he hates us for how we look and dress. >> this incident had nothing to do with religion. >> we know we are champions. our parents know we are champions and the team's parents know we are champions and chicago knows we are champions. >> do you worry you will end up on the wrong side of history here? >> wrong side of history, absolutely not. did they stop with one man and one man or one woman and one woman, or do they go to multiple marriages or marriages between men and their daughters? >> are you okay? >> bruce jenner has intense scrutiny on him right now. on top of that you add this fatal automobile accident and it's got to be intense to be under this microscope.
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>> oh, my gosh, i have to try to say something now without crying. it. i'm here to fight for creativity. >> i'm going to have dinner on a school night with my family -- who i have heard from multiple sources are lovely people. >> great line. >> i love that. >> that was a great line. we can relate to some of that in this business. >> yeah. what a week. sara haines. are you going to come back? >> i hope so. i really want reena to join us, though. >> so i can take the day off. you two want to hang out. >> ideas. >> if you want to look back at the week that was. the behind-the-scenes stuff, you ain't seen nothing yet, go to facebook.
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making news in america this morning, bitter blast. frigid air about to blanket half the country. people waking up to the coldest temperature in decades, and boston already buried in snow bracing for another crippling storm. peace plan. new details about the cease-fire in ukraine, but some other violence breaking out. this in parliament in ukraine. fists are flying. lawmakers duking it out. disgruntled driver who just can't take it anymore. the woman behind the wheel of a school bus pulls over and walks off the job. and clowning around. a selfie shtick making faces in the mirror dueling. what's up with this video starring president obama?

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